Paul Ryan looks terrible in this photograph.
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  • Paul Ryan looks terrible in this photograph.

Remember back when President Obama took office in 2008, and all Republicans cared about was the deficit? "You're kicking the can down the road," Teabaggers would say. "Our grandchildren will have to pay for your mistakes!" Of course, now that Obama has cut the deficit in half, Republicans have stopped caring about the deficit. They're all about tax cuts now. In fact, Paul Ryan, who is now the chair of the Ways and Means Committee, is pushing new tax cut bills that would add almost $100 billion to the deficit over a decade. Never mind that Republicans have stripped America's income to the bone to the detriment of our infrastructure and social service programs—they're going to continue to keep hacking away at taxes until the government has just two functions left: the power to bomb people in other countries, and the power to control every uterus inside the United States. Republicans like Ryan complained when Obama was adding to the deficit to pull us back from the cusp of a depression, but they're happy to add to the deficit if it means they can cut taxes for the wealthy and corporations.